Opening of Clark County 911 dispatch center delayed until next year

Clark County Sheriff's Office cruiser. BROOKE SPURLOCK/STAFF
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Clark County Sheriff's Office cruiser. BROOKE SPURLOCK/STAFF

The opening of the Clark County 911 Communications Center is being postponed until 2022.

Several factors, including supply chain shortages and vendor availability, have caused Clark County to delay the project until next year, the Board of Commissioners of Clark County said in a press release.

“We’re working as hard as we can to update our infrastructure to get the 911 Communications Center operational as quickly as possible,” said Clark County Administrator Jenny Hutchinson.

The $5 million, 7,000-square-foot facility will be used as a dispatch center, office and training facility managed by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The center will be located on Home Road in the former Clark County Department of Job and Family Services Children’s Home once it opens next year.

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A combined dispatch center for the county has been in talks for decades, and Clark County announced in 2017 that it would be building a the 911 dispatch center that will allow residents to text, send pictures and videos to dispatchers, and the center will put the county in accordance with Ohio’s Next Generation 911 requirement that calls for dispatch services to become more advanced.

At the dispatch center’s June 2020 groundbreaking, the projected completion date for building construction was November 2020; however, operations at the center were estimated to not begin until 2021 due to the length of time it will take to install new equipment.

There will be no disruptions in public safety during the delay, said Major Chris Clark of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in the press release.

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